A woman is behind bars in Brazil after she confessed murdering her seven-year-old son and stuffing his body into a duffle bag before dumping him in a river.
Yasmin Rodrigues, 26, was taken into custody in Rio Grande do Sul last Thursday after the Civil Police discovered several inconsistencies in her report about her Miguel dos Santos’ disappearance, according to Brazilian digital news outlet G1.
Her girlfriend, Bruna Porto, was also apprehended Sunday. However, Rodrigues told authorities that Porto, who has autism, was not directly involved in the plot.
Rodrigues visited the Tramandaí Police Station last Thursday to report that Miguel had gone missing two days earlier in the nearby city of Imbé.
Police chief Antonio Ractz said that Rodrigues claimed she failed to report her son’s disappearance immediately because she had checked on Google and learned that she had to wait 48 hours to file a police report.
During the questioning, Rodrigues eventually admitted to giving medicine to Miguel and then placing his body in a large gym bag without knowing if he was dead.
Yasmin Rodrigues was arrested last Thursday after confessing to police that she had killed her seven-year-old son, Miguel do Santo, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Authorities have yet to find the body of Miguel dos Santos, who was reportedly dumped into the Tramandaí River by his mother, Yasmin Rodrigues, last Wednesday
Miguel dos Santos’ body was reportedly stuffed into a suitcase before his mother removed him and dumped him in the Tramandaí River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean
Ractz said that Rodrigues left her home and avoided police detection by staying off the main avenues, instead traveling along streets that did not have a lot of pedestrian and vehicle activity before tossing dos Santos’ body into the Tramandaí River, which runs through the border of Tramandaí and Imbé and connects with the Atlantic Ocean.
Following Rodrigues’ murder confession, authorities searching her home recovered a chain that was used to restrain dos Santos inside a closet.
Investigators also discovered a video in which Porto threatened to beat dos Santos with a stick if he peed on himself.
‘If you piss (on yourself) I’ll take your piss and rub it in your face,’ Bruno is heard telling Miguel in Portuguese. ‘Do you understand? And it will be very easy for me.’
On Tuesday, investigators discovered a notebook with two pages in which Rodrigues allegedly forced Miguel to write down phrases that harmed his self-esteem.
The defenseless boy wrote: ‘I’m an idiot. I don’t deserve the mom I have. I am a thief. I’m bad. I am cruel. I am evil. I’m no good. I don’t know how to value nothing. I am a horrible son.’
Police on Tuesday recovered a notebook in which Miguel dos Santos was forced to degrade himself by his jailed mother, Yasmin Rodrigues. Rodrigues admitted before the police in Brazil to drugging him and then dumping his body in a river. The child’s body has yet to be located
Bruna Porto, the girlfriend of Yasmin Rodrigues, was arrested Sunday. Rodrigues, however, told authorities that Porto was not part of the plot to murder her seven-year-old son, Miguel dos Santos. Police said Porto is diagnosed with autism
The Civil Police recovered a chain that had been purchased to restrain Miguel dos Santos inside a closet at his home
‘What is already clear and we will confirm during the investigations is that the child was living under intense physical and psychological torture,’ Ractz said.
‘He was malnourished. Although he was enrolled in school, had no friends, did not go anywhere. Was locked in a room in the house, placed in punishment, locked and tied inside a closet.’
G1 reported that Rodrigues had agreed in principle to relinquish the custody of her son to her mother. The woman filed a petition with the city of Casca on June 8 and was instructed to provide a series of documents in order to begin the process.
Rodrigues submitted the required documents July 8, but she was notified last Wednesday – the day that she reportedly killed her son – that other documents showing proof of income and residence were still missing.
Local authorities or the Mateus Dal Pozzo School that dos Santos attended did not have complaints of the child’s abuse.
As punishment, Yasmin Rodrigues force her seven-year-old son Miguel dos Santos to write: ‘I’m an idiot. I don’t deserve the mom I have. I am a thief. I’m bad. I am cruel. I am evil. I’m no good. I don’t know how to value nothing. I am a horrible son’
Military Fire Department lieutenant Elísio Lucrécio told G1 on Wednesday that drones had already been deployed as part of the search efforts to recover dos Santos’ body from the river, which has been checked by a search-and-rescue team of divers.
Divers were expected to also search the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
A fisherman recovered children-sized slippers in the area, but the mother told cops she was not sure what type of footwear the boy had when she dumped him in the river.
Authorities have not discarded searching other areas in Tramandaí and Imbe in the event that Rodrigues may have dumped the body elsewhere.